Michigan football team running back Brandon Minor bothered by sprained ankle, bruised shoulder
The Michigan football team's best running back aggravated the high ankle sprain that’s bothered him all season in last week’s 38-36 loss to Purdue, and coach Rich Rodriguez said Monday he’s not sure how healthy Minor will be for Saturday’s game at Wisconsin.
“Last week, we knew he was going to be able to play a little bit because it was a good week,” Rodriguez said. “Really won’t know more about his ability (to play this week) until tomorrow’s practice.”
Minor, who also suffered a bruised shoulder against Purdue, ran for a season-high 154 yards and three touchdowns in defeat. Michigan (5-5, 1-5) needs his physical presence against a Wisconsin team that allows barely 100 yards rushing per game.
“I think we are a better offensive team for sure (when Minor’s healthy) because he’s got the ability to break tackles, he runs downhill,” Rodriguez said. “You don’t get a lot of negative-yardage plays with Brandon because he’s such a strong guy.”
No. 2 running back Carlos Brown, who played sparingly against the Boilermakers because of knee tendinitis, should practice this week, but receiver Martavious Odoms’ status is in doubt because of a sprained knee. Odoms has missed two straight games
Receiver Junior Hemingway was limited against Purdue with “back issues,” Rodriguez said.
“Hopefully he’ll fight through that,” Rodriguez said.
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